1 oz. Australian Lunar Silver Bullion Coin Series I & II





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In 1999, three years after the successful release of the Gold Lunar Bullion Coin, the Perth Mint introduced the Australian Lunar Silver Bullion Coins.

The lunar series of bullion coins have higher premiums added to their sell price due to the polished look of the coins and the coin's yearly limited mintage.

The shiny proof look to the bullion coins can cause some bullion investors to mistake the coins for collector's proof coins.

Since the gold and silver lunar bullion coins were released, they have become one of the most popular, modern bullion coins.




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1 oz. Australian Lunar Silver
Series I & II - Bullion Coin


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Series I : Obverse

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The obverse of the silver bullion coin displays the profile of her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley.

His initial's, "IRB" are inscribed directly below the Queen's neck.

The words "ELIZABETH II", "AUSTRALIA" and "1 DOLLAR" are displayed inside the outer perimeter of the silver bullion coin.

The 1 oz. silver bullion coins are issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, this means the coin is guaranteed by the Government of Australia.








Series I : Reverse

one oz silver lunar dragon

The reverse of the Australian Lunar Silver Coin shows an image of the animal associated with each year of the Chinese Lunar Calendar.

The Chinese Symbol on the reverse side of the silver coin is the symbol representation for that animal.

The reverse side also displays the weight "1 OZ" and purity of the coin "999 SILVER".

The year the coin was issued is inscribed to the right of the lunar animal. (Coins are narrated in the first person point of view).

The Mint Mark of "P" representing The Perth Mint , is not inscribed on the Series I Silver Lunar bullion coins, but is inscribed on the Series II coins.

Note: The Lunar Series I, Year of the Rabbit, bullion coin issued in 1999, displays a special ‘P100’ mint mark, this represents the Perth Mint's "100th Anniversary."

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Series II : Obverse

The Obverse side of the series II, 1 oz. Australian Lunar Silver bullion coin have had some additional features added to them.

As with all Australian bullion coins, the obverse side features Queen Elizabeth the II, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley.

His initial's "IRB" are inscribed directly below the Queen's neck.

"ELIZABETH II" and "AUSTRALIA" are inscribed along the top half of the silver bullion coins.

Along the bottom of the Lunar silver bullion coin is the coin's weight "1OZ" and purity "999 SILVER."

The coin's Year of Issue and the face value of "1 DOLLAR" is also displayed along the bottom half of the silver coin.








Series II : Reverse

silver lunar monkey

The reverse side of the series 2, Australian Lunar Silver bullion coin has a universal design for each different sized coin, for a specific year.

The lunar animal for the 2016 lunar coin, was the Lunar Monkey.

Inscribed inside the field of the silver coin, above the Monkey, is the Chinese symbol that represents the lunar calendar animal.


Displayed directly below the Chinese Symbol are the words "Year of the Monkey."

The Mint Mark of "P" representing the Perth Mint, is located at the left of the Lunar Monkey, on the silver bullion coins.

The Edge on both the Series I & II silver bullion coins, is Reeded.

(Note: the coins on every page are narrated in the first person point of view)













The Chinese Calendar




In 2637 B.C., a Chinese Emperor named Huangdi invented the Chinese Calendar.

The Chinese calendar is based on a twelve-year cycle of astronomical observations of the sun and the phases of the moon.

Each year in that twelve-year cycle has an animal sign.

The Chinese believe each animal has a profound influence on those born under the year of its rule.









1oz. Silver Lunar Series I & II
Coin Information:




Series I:.................1999 - 2007

Series II:................2008 - Present

IRA Approved:........Yes

Coin Grade:............Uncirculated

Face Value:............$1 AUD

Silver Content:.......1 troy oz. (ozt.)

Total Weight:.........31.135 grams

Purity:...................99.90% / .999

Diameter:..............40.60mm

Thickness:.............2.600mm

Mint Mark:.............Series I - No / Series II - Yes ("P" = Perth Mint)

Designer:..............Ian Rank-Broadley (obverse)

Edge:....................Reeded










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1 oz. Australian Lunar Silver Coin
Bullion Series I & II 
Mintage Figures:





Silver Lunar Series I


Year              Sales                   Mintage                            Lunar Animal


















1999.........63,644..................300,000...........................Rabbit




2000 series 1 - silver lunar dragon

















2000.........118,697.................300,000...........................Dragon




2001 series 1 - silver lunar snake

















2001.........71,301..................300,000...........................Snake




2002 series 1 - silver lunar horse

















2002.........99,632..................300,000...........................Horse




2003 series 1 - silver lunar goat

















2003.........102,164..................300,000...........................Goat




2004 series 1 - silver lunar monkey

















2004.........105,680..................300,000...........................Monkey




2005 series 1 - silver lunar rooster

















2005.........92,691..................300,000...........................Rooster




2006 series 1 - silver lunar dog

















2006.........98,825..................300,000...........................Dog




2007 series 1 - silver lunar pig

















2007.........87,009..................300,000...........................Pig




2008 series 1 - silver lunar mouse

















2008.........59,623..................mint to order...................Mouse




2009 series 1 - silver lunar ox

















2009.........52,267..................mint to order...................Ox




2010 series 1 - silver lunar tiger

















2010.........56,077..................mint to order...................Tiger





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Silver Lunar Series II


Year              Sales                   Mintage                            Lunar Animal



2008 series 2 - silver lunar mouse

















2008.........300,000..................300,000...........................Mouse




2009 series 2 - silver lunar ox

















2009.........300,000..................300,000...........................Ox




2010 series 2 - silver lunar tiger

















2010.........300,000..................300,000...........................Tiger




2011 series 2 - silver lunar rabbit

















2011.........300,000..................300,000...........................Rabbit




2012 series 2 - silver lunar dragon

















2012.........300,000..................300,000...........................Dragon




2013 series 2 - silver lunar snake

















2013.........300,000..................300,000...........................Snake




2014 series 2 - silver lunar horse

















2014.........300,000..................300,000...........................Horse




2015 series 2 - silver lunar goat

















2015.........300,000..................300,000...........................Goat




2016 series 2 - silver lunar monkey

















2016.........300,000..................300,000...........................Monkey




2017 series 2 - silver lunar rooster

















2017.........300,000..................300,000...........................Rooster






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